Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Today in History

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Today in History

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TODAY is Saturday, August 27, the 239th day of 2011. There are 126 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

1660 Co Published books of poet John Milton are burned in London because of his attacks on King Charles II.

1859 Co Colonel Edwin L Drake creates the first productive oil well in the United States, in the state of Pennsylvania.

1883 Co The most powerful volcanic eruption ever recorded continues to blow apart Mount Krakatau in the Sunda Straits, Indonesia. Shock waves travel around the earth and tidal waves kill an estimated 36,000 people.

1890 Co Perth GPO is officially opened.

1891 Co The first Brisbane wool sales are held.

1900 Co A devastating hurricane hits Galveston in Texas, killing more than 6000 people.

1902 Co Women are granted the vote in NSW.

1919 Co Death of Louis Botha, South African Boer general, statesman and first prime minister of the Union, aged 56.

1939 Co Nazi Germany demands Danzig and the Polish corridor; German pilot Erich Warshitz flies the first jet plane, the Heinkel HE-178. …

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